Stephen McTowelieabout 1 year ago
Just to be clear, I do not think that Google dodging tax is 'good'. The fact that we as a world are talking about it IS good, but even better is seeing "Why doesn't Google pay taxes?" pop up in the suggestion bar ON Google when you type 'Why doesn't g...'!!! Oh, and I almost LMAO when this site came up as the number one hit for this topic, but with no page preview available!!! Go Good!!!
For the record, Google are legally dodging tax across the world - not just in USA. Despite quite a severe ongoing recession across Europe, here in the UK they apparently paid no tax at all again last year. The governments of the world would rather appear 'pro- business' rather than 'pro- the electorate' and as a result companies like Google can buy and sell us all (tax-free), whilst workers on minimum wage are forced to pay their taxes at source (Ie the deductions are made automatically from wages BEFORE workers get paid.)
Ultimately, the goverments are the ones who are truly responsible for this mess: they make the rules, and they are the only ones who hold the power to change it. But so long as Google and the like offer the tantalising promise of employment, at least theoretically, nothing will change. UNLESS, THAT IS, WE STAND UNITED IN OUR UNIVERSAL DISGUST FOR THEIR EXPLOITATIVE WAYS AND MAKE A NOISE ABOUT IT!
Starbucks - another company who apparently paid zero tax last year in the UK - recently agreed to pay circa £20 MILLION 'voluntarily' to the UK government, after public pressure was applied and their business began to suffer. Can we get Google to do the same? But why stop there - Amazon, Asda (UK supermarket chain owned by Wal-Mart), Facebook, 3 of the top Water companies in the UK, Apple, etc etc etc all manage to effectively rob taxpayers of public services, (and public servants) as well.
So, could we begin a mass boycott until Google and their bedfellows are shamed into paying tax at the full rate in each and every country separately? Is it even possible to boycott EVERY company that exploits tax loopholes? Probably not - especially since it appears that the majority of multi-national companies are 'at it' - whilst legalised tax-evasion remains the norm.
The UK, for example, has a plethora of offshore islands where one can easily register a business (or buy a '2nd home') and therefore easily dodge coprporation tax\ income tax being paid into the country in which their businesses (or other 'homes') operate, ie the UK.
To be blunt: it is far too easy to dodge tax, and far too commonly done. Once again, the difference is made up by the poor and the weak, whose mandatory tax bills, dwindling pension funds and greatly reduced social security entitlements ensure that the fat cats get not just the cream, but that it is tax-deductable as well.
The long answer is to get the poor and disadvantaged to vote, but with their comparably inadequate education, their absolute dependence and total reliance on the 'hand that feeds them' and the long-standing subjugation of the working classes by those who historically held the seats of power and influence, this will be a long time coming. Until the necessary mass shift in social conscience, I feel the least we can do together, as a world, for the weakest, the poorest and the most dispossessed - i.e. the righteous - is to MAKE SOME NOISE ABOUT IT! Register your disgust, and do it publicly.